Living Simply: This Is My Future

I don’t know yet, where or when, I will be able to make this happen, but it is my dream. I love what she and her husband have done.

When asked if she is a Luddite, she has to look up the definition. She replies in the negative. They are just simple people who like a simple existence. They want to live and be left alone. I love it.

I have some different ideas than does the woman in the video, but she is libertarian to her core. Some of the things I will include are heated floors, renewable (off grid) electricity, and a wood stove in instead of a fireplace. My home will be well-insulated and have many more windows. It will also be considerably larger, but not too large.

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38 Responses to Living Simply: This Is My Future

  1. RegT says:

    Yes, an airtight woodstove will give you much more heat from your wood burning than a fireplace, which allows most of the heat to simply draft up the chimney. A stove with glass in the door will give you a similar view of the fire without the heat loss.

    You can buy (or have custom-built) an airtight insert to place in a fireplace to achieve the same result, which is what my wife and I will be doing in the home we just bought.

    • notamobster says:

      Welcome Reg! I like the way my prepper aunt has her kitchen. She has a glass-door wood cookstove for heat & cooking. Ambience and utility. I’ll probably go with a woodgas furnace and a glass door cookstove.

      The furnace can heat the water, which can heat the floor and provide water for cooking/showering. I will most-likely still have propane on the premises, too.

  2. Jim22 says:

    Of course if you live in California you don’t need much of a source of heat. A more northern climate requires other plans.

    I have lived in a place this small. !2’x12′. It was OK as a single guy but too small for a couple. The smallest cabin I’ve ever lived in was six by eight; room for a set of bunk beds, a small table, one window and a door. I lived there for about a month – by myself.

    Mrs.22 and I lived in a place that was 16’x20′ for about seven years. Later we had no trouble adapting to life on a 35 foot sailboat.

    Be careful, Nota, with the well-insulated part. You will have trouble finding a wood-fired heater that’s small enough. Most of them are designed to heat larger houses.

    • notamobster says:

      Yeah, I’m actually thinking around 1500-1800 sq ft. Based on a pole barn or con-ex box construction. I want a large great room.

    • Rockheim says:

      “Later we had no trouble adapting to life on a 35 foot sailboat.”


      That’s one of the ideas we’ve kicked around for retirement.. Grew up sailing with my Grandpa on lake Michigan and continue (far, far too infrequently) with my uncle. I could do it.. Something about it is just so damn appealing that it’s almost impossible to shake..

      • Jim22 says:

        It’s not for everyone. We did it for 12 years. It was my idea at first. Mrs22 was a good sport. Later, when I got tired of it, she had fallen in love with the life.

        Not all women are ready for the sailing life. Someday maybe I’ll tell about the good, the bad, and the downright ugly parts.

  3. rj says:

    My dream is retire, move full time into my 30′ travel trailer and view this beautiful country a little at a time over the rest of my life, not sure about my wife though.

  4. James says:

    Where’s the sundial?

  5. Ray Davies says:

    Come to eastern Iowa and meet some of our Amish Neighbors.

    • notamobster says:

      We’ve got lots of Amish in central Michigan, too. Several varieties of Anabaptist, actually.

      I don’t want to go Amish, just off-grid, with a place that’s 100% paid-for.

  6. sortahwitte says:

    Nota. In the future, opsec will be very important. A plume of smoke may be an indication of a people presence. In the day we will both need a fire with a high temp exhaust. Even on a moonlit night, a smoky chimney would be an indicator. I say we because I am trying to work the same problem.

    • notamobster says:

      The heated floors would be handy for keeping down the need for a fire. Plus, the woodgas furnace I posted above reduces emissions considerably. Watch the video.

  7. Locke n Load says:

    Love the cabin as a retreat.
    As a home? 2 Words: Stir. Crazy.

    • notamobster says:

      I don’t want one that small. If the “stir crazy” is directed at the surroundings (cabin, woods, etc) that’s my kind of living, Sir.

      • Locke n Load says:

        Not the woods. Those are peaceful. Like I said, as a retreat it looks awesome. As a home? oh f^^k no. My idea of a home looks more like a spanish/mexican hacienda with walled courtyards and 21st century agora πŸ™‚

        • notamobster says:

          Definitely too small for me & the missus. Too small for just me. 144 sq ft? Not happening. Multiply that by 10 and I’m in range.

          • Locke n Load says:

            10? try 30 and you’re getting close. I want my courtyard lined with lemon, lime, and olive trees. The walls overflowing with trumpet vines…
            Give me a fountain, a pool, an outdoor kitchen and never bother me again πŸ™‚
            Yeah, I’ve already designed it…

  8. Greg says:

    Some good friends each had a different layout. One was a carpenter, he took a small trailer home, mobile home, and built a porch/living room off of it and enclosed it, perfect. My aunt same. Uncle same. I now think the same. Drop a well in the ground, put a pad down (concrete) plumb it, etc… put small Mobile home on it or larger camp trailer. Then build an overhead roof over it to protect it, porch enclosed, or rather a large living room. Anyway… big old fire pit outside with some chairs/logs to sit on and tell lies while sipping on some adult beverages, cooking meat or whatever.

  9. Greg says:

    P.S. And a small gun range to shoot at… with a bb gun or sling shot, whatever is leftover and legal.

    • notamobster says:

      Greg, if they make guns illegal, I won’t have to worry about where I live. I’ll be in the dirt or in prison, because I will NEVER give them up. Not. Ever.

      I want to build it myself. It will be well-insulated and have a safe-room/section with bullet resistant material to withstand tornadoes, incursions, whatever. I’ve always wanted a safe room.

      I’ll do like I did at my previous employer and build an I-beam frame, sink it flush in the concrete and weld the room to the frame. Under the normal walls will be either steel plate or Kevlar blankets or a combination (whichever is cheaper by then).

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    I see myself in a house that looks about like the one in this video. That’s for me and, you know, with or without the girls… whatever.

    • Locke n Load says:

      yeah. with or without the girls….would those be your wife and daughter or the tasty morsels onscreen? I hapen to know my wife would NOT agree to the latter arrangement πŸ™‚

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I was referring to the gals asking us to leave the pieces.

        Yeah, Mrs. Walker pretty much laughs derisively when I say stuff like that. What the hell would I do with those two girls other than disapprove of their boyfriends and pay for their college?

        • Locke n Load says:

          As I get older I wonder if I could make a career of ogling.. perhaps thats where you need to go with the conversation re wifey?

        • Jim22 says:

          They’re cute. About the age of my granddaughter. If I was the age of the guy in the video I might find them attractive. As it is they look like kids.

          • R.D. Walker says:

            I find them delightfully pretty and can say that without an iota of lust. Pretty girls… nothing more.

  11. Roxy says:

    This place seemed to lack a kitchen. I just don’t know if making boiled vegetables for every meal would make Max a happy man… We live in 900 sq ft and we call this “camping” πŸ™‚

    • notamobster says:

      I went vegetarian once. For a whole 7 days. I had better days in the Arabian desert. 7 days without meat was torture!

      My 12 year old daughter is suddenly a vegetarian. Kids…

      I made sure it wasn’t some eco-nazi fad. She says that she just wants to try it. Can’t say as I blame her. I wanted to try it once.

      She doesn’t have any objection to meat, just curious. You think it’s a gateway activity to liberalism? πŸ™‚

  12. Rich says:

    As to the space, it is sweet compared to a submarine. And it has a door that is neither a hatch nor an escape trunk. Seems roomy and expansive to me! I’m all in. But I surely agree on a wood stove vs a fireplace (of any configuration – the more thermodynamically efficent the configuration the better, asthetics be dammed). I love fireplaces. I grew up in SC in an old house with a “walk-in” 5 foot fireplace – replicated in all two stories. When you got them going they were amazingly soothing. But thermodynamically – damn near zero. When you need to be warm a fireplace is not top on your reality list – unless there is no other option. Then a fireplace is wonderful.

    Oh damn – all the fireplace zombies are gonna be after me. Help!

  13. Rich says:

    OK – having watched the video, if these folk had any sense they would have put the fireplace/chimney in the center of the house – not on the outside where most of its thermal goodness is wasted in heating California. California will neither notice nor be grateful of their efforts.

  14. James says:

    Before there’s too much romanticism towards this simple life, I will remind you it’s within each of our grasp now.

    Shut off your main circuit breaker.

    • notamobster says:

      Before there’s too much cynicism towards this simple life, many of us don’t have a way to heat our homes without electricity or the money to buy the things we’d need to do so.

  15. James says:

    Not cynical.
    Need to do a test run first before commiting.

    • notamobster says:

      I get ya. I have lived without power. It sucks. That’s why my plan differs from theirs. I just want to be off-grid… and not live in a closet.

      • James says:

        I have not done the test run, but I know most things I depend on won’t work. You want to know what you’ll need to survive SHTF? Shut off power for a week and make a list.